A Melbourne obstetrician who forged 37 patients' signatures on surgery consent forms to "cut out the middle man" will start a six-month suspension in August.

Doctor John Adams forged his patients' signatures for surgeries at the Sandringham Hospital between September 20, 2012 and September 7 in 2013.

Dr Adams told the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal on May 11 this year that he admitted forging the forms.

He told the tribunal he "decided to cut out the middle man and fill in the form myself" after the consent form was changed from one page to eight pages.

The tribunal handed down its order suspending Dr Adams on June 14.

The order says Dr Adams was on the elective surgery list and on-call roster at the Sandringham Hospital "conducting both routine and more difficult operations at the hospital".

But when the Royal Women's Hospital took over the hospital's maternity and gynaecology services from Alfred Health in late 2013, his patients said they did not sign the appropriate consent forms.

The doctor told the tribunal he filled out the longer forms himself because the required operations often changed, and patients with poor English struggled with the lengthy documents.

Dr Adams put other medical professionals at risk by forging signatures and is guilty of misconduct, the tribunal found.

"In forging the signature of the patient, he has effectively taken away the patient's ability to exercise an informed consent to the operation," the order reads.

He was also ordered to take education courses on his responsibilities as a doctor and to other medical professionals, with conditions on his registration for seven months after his suspension.

Dr Adams was also placed on a diversion program after facing court for falsifying documents.

AAP

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